View Full Version : 500,000 !!!

09-11-2013, 07:21 PM
Well, the old bus has now past the half million mark. Shame it's only kilometres and not 'real', proper Imperial miles!

Does this mean it will now fall to bits? Or is it just run-in?

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09-11-2013, 10:53 PM
Hey! Another orange-over-black display. Was this an early UK-only thing?i know it was just discussed last month. I like it.

09-11-2013, 11:03 PM
Hey! Another orange-over-black display. Was this an early UK-only thing?i know it was just discussed last month. I like it.

Not sure on this. My '02 311CDI was the same and I think an '06 413CDI that I borrow from time to time is also like it.

09-11-2013, 11:53 PM
It's well past broken-in and at the lightly-used stage. At less than 10K per year, my wife would love it if I last until the Sprinter makes 500,000!

09-12-2013, 04:06 AM
You have just worn out some of the newness!
There is a forum contributor Ben (a customer) who has a rig with 600,000 American miles on it, and those are them thar Imperial miles and not "Queen Anne" Miles either!:smilewink:
Cheers to you over there in zee 'ol country

Altered Sprinter
09-12-2013, 01:24 PM
Allen When you hit the one million mark I'll have a drink with you,:drink:the magical Harry Potters 130 HP donk's just keep on going.
Cheers Richard

09-12-2013, 03:29 PM
Party time!!!

I'll be amazed if mine holds together long enough to get there!

09-12-2013, 05:44 PM
welcome to the club

09-12-2013, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the messages guys.

Dennis, I doubt I will ever see 600k miles on mine, it's only a little over half way there now!

Richard, to match you and have that drink, we're looking at 20 years from now at my current rate!

09-13-2013, 04:20 AM
Alan why wait?
Go and get a dram of this for the Lark mate?
And toast your Sprinter before hand!:thumbup:

Make mine a double!
Cheers Dennis

Altered Sprinter
09-13-2013, 07:25 AM
Why wait for 20 years, just add a wee drop in your tank, and come on down.:lol:

09-14-2013, 03:37 AM
If only Mercedes had put 1/2 of the heart and soul into the engineering of the bodies of our best ever vans as they did the beautifully designed and built Diesel engines.

Congrats and thanks for the post/pics :cheers:

09-14-2013, 05:17 AM
Well Scot with respect
I wouldn't agree with you all the way on that statement of yours.
We have just got through fixing a 6,00 litre diesel in an E350 Ford Van. Now there's a mechanical challenge !:idunno:

What a pig and a bitty animal to build/put back together.
For me the Sprinter is made for fixing and the body is very well designed for collision repair. All the vital members can be easily unpicked and new ones welded in.

We recently fixed two 2008 high roof models with crippled rear cross members and floors. Very easy to fix and the panel prices were very moderately priced. Came out nice and the customers were very happy with the job!

I now have a 2005 Tin in the shop which has run into a Subaru. (2nd one in year bagged:bounce:) Bent the front X member, hood and radiator core support and all the frontal equipment. We had the lot on the floor in two hours.

I bet with a bit of welding, some paint, and wrenches it will be back in service hauling bags of ice and Boulder Chi to all the glitzy restaurants in Denver again.:rad:
Cheers Dennis

09-14-2013, 02:45 PM
...We have just got through fixing a 6,00 litre diesel in an E350 Ford Van. Now there's a mechanical challenge !:idunno:

Marooned near Salt Lake with his entire family, my friend asked the F*rd dealership why it was going to take three days to fix the blown head gasket on his F350. "Well, it takes quite a while because we have to remove the entire body." Yes. You read that correctly.

I can confirm this fact because in Winnemucca last spring, I saw in a F*rd shop the exact jerry-built rig they'd made to accomplish this feat. Incredible.

For me the Sprinter is made for fixing

Now THAT is good to hear. My experiences repairing BMW motorcycles and VW buses agree, Dennis.

09-14-2013, 09:34 PM
Dennis, If you were just repairing repairing rust spots on the chassis or patching in situ rather than complete member replacement, how do you deal with the underseal?

I call it underseal, it's more like 1/8" of rubber sheathing. At the moment I mostly attacking it with a wire wheel on an angle grinder but that is one messy way to go. Obviously where there is rust under it peels off with the rust, my issue is cleaning enough around the rust area to make sure I get all the rust and so I can prime and shutz properly.

My particular problem area is around the rear spring front mounts, the mount is to one side of the chassis rail and just forward of the cross member so that creates a couple of tiny pockets where I can see rust showing through on the flanges where the members connect to the floor. I have basically spent all of today with an angle grinder and die grinder (with wire wheels and carbide burrs) just exposing the rusty bits (actually I spent a while grinding out some rust I had already found which is going to need a welded patch, fortunately the rest is just trivial surface stuff that I can clean off, treat and re-coat). Any tips? I can do with the approach I'm using but it is taking forever! At least the rear mounts are easier to get to!

03-02-2016, 02:38 AM
Welcome! I just hit 545 thousand miles not km on original everything except water pump and alternator..

03-02-2016, 03:52 AM
I'm planning on at least 500,000 miles on my 2002. I'm almost half way there now.

03-03-2016, 06:37 PM
Allan I have 550K on my 06 3500 and still going. Dennis a bottle or two of that Lark in the tank might do better than seafoam?

Working on the million